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April 22, 2013 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth knew that he had a front-running car Sunday. It was simply a matter of getting there. So when a caution flag came out with several leaders on pit road, and Kenseth found himself leading the pack into the pits, he had a feeling things were going his way. "That was the key," he said later. Kenseth won the race off pit road after taking two tires under caution, and a No. 20 Toyota that had been strong all day slowly pulled away. Kasey Kahne trimmed into the lead once he moved into second, but Kenseth managed to block every move he tried to make.
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October 10, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - That'll teach everyone to count out Jimmie Johnson. The five-time defending Cup champion dominated yesterday at Kansas Speedway, weathering a series of late cautions and holding off Kasey Kahne to win for the first time since April. Johnson stumbled through the first two races in NASCAR's version of a postseason, and was 10th in the standings heading to Dover. A second-place finish last weekend gave Johnson confidence, and his first win since Talladega moved him into third in the Chase behind Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick.
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April 22, 2013 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth captured his second consecutive race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, holding off Kasey Kahne in the STP 400 to become the third straight Sprint Cup driver to win from the pole. Points leader Jimmie Johnson was third with a car that kept getting better during green-flag runs. Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth, and Clint Bowyer was fifth.   IndyCar LONG BEACH, Calif. - Carlos Munoz won the crash-filled Indy Lights race at Long Beach. Gabby Chavez was second.
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October 9, 2005 | By Pete Schnatz INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
NASCAR could not have found a more appropriate name for today's race at Kansas Speedway. While the five-year-old track in Kansas City, Kan., is considered one of the tamer venues on the stock-car racing circuit, the Banquet 400 has represented both feast and famine for the 10 drivers in the Chase for the Nextel Cup. Ryan Newman is the lone championship contender to have won a Cup race on the 1.5-mile tri-oval, and he has three top-five finishes...
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September 28, 2008 | THE INQUIRER
Curlin became the first horse in North America to top $10 million in career earnings, winning the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup with jockey Robbie Albarado aboard yesterday at sloppy Belmont Park. The $450,000 winner's purse pushed Curlin's career bankroll to $10,246,800. Cigar held the old mark of $9,999,815, which stood for 12 years. In the Jockey Club Gold Cup, Curlin, the 2-5 favorite, beat Wanderin Boy by three-quarters of a length with Merchant Marine third. Curlin paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10.
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September 7, 2005 | Daily News Wire Services
NASCAR released the 2006 Nextel Cup Series schedule yesterday, a 36-race slate that is virtually identical to this season. The only changes are a pair of race-date swaps. Richmond International Raceway's spring race will move up to May 6 and Darlington Raceway's race will follow on May 13, again the night before Mother's Day. Also, Kansas Speedway's 2006 event will switch weekends with Talladega Superspeedway. The Kansas race will be Oct. 1, and Talladega will be run Oct. 8. The Nextel Cup series will visit Pocono Raceway on June 11 and July 23 and come to Dover International Speedway on June 4 and Sept.
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August 11, 2010
Next year's NASCAR Chase for the Championship will have a new opening race. Chicagoland Speedway will launch the 10-race Chase in mid-September. The Joliet, Ill., track has hosted Cup races in mid-July. Since the Chase began in 2004, New Hampshire Motor Speedway has hosted the Chase opener. Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR's senior vice president of racing operations, said Chicagoland is the only new venue in next year's Chase. Kentucky Speedway, with its first Cup race, takes over Chicagoland's mid-July date with a 400-mile event.
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October 18, 2012 | by Bill Fleischman, fleiscb@phillynews.com
Hollywood Casino 400 Kansas Speedway, Kansas City, Kan. When: Sunday, 2 p.m. TV/Radio: ESPN/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: 1.5-mile oval Race distance: 400 miles/267 laps Race forecast: partly cloudy, low 70s Last year's winner: Jimmie Johnson Last year's pole winner: Greg Biffle, 174.887 mph Track qualifying record: Matt Kenseth, 180.856 mph (October 2005) Track facts: Sunday's race is the first time in the Chase's 9-year history that the top three drivers in points - Brad Keselowski, Jimmie Johnson and Denny Hamlin - go to a track where they've won the last three races . . . Johnson led seven times for 157 laps, including the final 28, to win last year's race.
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October 10, 2011 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Chasing his sixth straight Cup title, Jimmie Johnson stormed to the front early at Kansas Speedway, then weathered a series of late cautions before holding off Kasey Kahne in a green-white-checkered finish for his first win since April on Sunday. Johnson led 197 laps in one of the most dominant performances the track has ever seen. The victory was the 55th for Johnson, moving him into a tie with Rusty Wallace for eighth on the career list. His first win since Talladega moved him into third in the Chase behind Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick.
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October 9, 2011 | Associated Press
DOVER, Del. - Jimmie Johnson has yet to take off on his traditional run of Chase dominance. Tony Stewart has two wins in the 10-race postseason without a points lead to show for his checkered flags. Kyle Busch's four wins in the first 26 races have meant nothing the last three weeks. Three races into the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship, no clear-cut favorite has emerged out of the pack of 12. The standings are so tight entering the fourth Chase race this weekend at Kansas Speedway that there's a tie at the top. Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards have the same number of points - but Harvick holds the tiebreaker because of his four season victories compared with Edwards' one. The top eight drivers are separated by only 15 points - the top nine by 19. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is in serious trouble, and Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin are the bottom two drivers and can start planning for next season.
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May 16, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, For the Daily News
ARE WE getting closer to a Danica Patrick victory lane celebreation? Patrick recorded her best finish in 57 Sprint Cup starts Saturday night with a seventh place at Kansas Speedway. During the previous Cup race at Talladega, Patrick led twice early for six laps. "Honestly, the most rewarding part of my night was probably when I drove around the outside of the No. 48 [Jimmie Johnson] on a restart," Patrick said after the race. "That was probably my most rewarding thing. I say that with all the respect in the world.
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October 4, 2013
MARTIN TRUEX JR. has every right to be seething over NASCAR's decision to chase him from this year's Chase. Following the shenanigans by Michael Waltrip Racing at Richmond to manipulate the finish in the final race before the Chase began, NASCAR replaced the MWR driver with Ryan Newman in the Chase. The sanctioning organization decided Truex benefited from a spin on the track by teammate Clint Bowyer with seven laps remaining. Newman was leading at the time; he finished third. Truex finished seventh, but originally made the Chase.
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May 13, 2013 | Associated Press
DARLINGTON, S.C. - Matt Kenseth has rarely been more pleased in victory than he was this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Maybe that's because of what he overcame to achieve the win. Kenseth has long been one of NASCAR's stars, a past champion with two Daytona 500 titles. But the 41-year-old racer has found a new gear in his first season at Joe Gibbs Racing. Kenseth passed JGR teammate Kyle Busch with 13 laps left Saturday night to win for the first time at Darlington and third time this season.
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April 25, 2013 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
ANOTHER WEEK, another significant smackdown from NASCAR's justice department. Matt Kenseth's No. 20 Toyota Sprint Cup team was the latest to hear a "guilty" verdict from NASCAR. Officials determined that the engine in Kenseth's winning car at Kansas Speedway on Sunday failed inspection. Kenseth was penalized 50 points yesterday, sending him spiraling from eighth place to a tie with Jeff Gordon for 14th place. Kenseth keeps the Kansas win, but he loses the three bonus points. While he keeps the victory in the record books, he cannot use it toward claiming a wild-card spot in the Chase.
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April 22, 2013 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth knew that he had a front-running car Sunday. It was simply a matter of getting there. So when a caution flag came out with several leaders on pit road, and Kenseth found himself leading the pack into the pits, he had a feeling things were going his way. "That was the key," he said later. Kenseth won the race off pit road after taking two tires under caution, and a No. 20 Toyota that had been strong all day slowly pulled away. Kasey Kahne trimmed into the lead once he moved into second, but Kenseth managed to block every move he tried to make.
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April 22, 2013 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Matt Kenseth captured his second consecutive race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, holding off Kasey Kahne in the STP 400 to become the third straight Sprint Cup driver to win from the pole. Points leader Jimmie Johnson was third with a car that kept getting better during green-flag runs. Martin Truex Jr. finished fourth, and Clint Bowyer was fifth.   IndyCar LONG BEACH, Calif. - Carlos Munoz won the crash-filled Indy Lights race at Long Beach. Gabby Chavez was second.
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October 25, 2012 | by Bill Fleischman, fleiscb@phillynews.com
Tums Fast Relief 500 Martinsville Speedway Martinsville, Va. When: Sunday, 2 p.m. TV/Radio: ESPN/WNPV (1440-AM) Race course: .526-mile oval Race distance: 500 laps/263 miles Race forecast: cloudy, upper 50s Last year's winner: Tony Stewart Last year's pole winner: none, inclement weather Track qualifying record: Stewart, 98.083 mph (October 2005) Track facts: Matt Kenseth has won two of the last three Chase races, climbing from last in points to ninth.
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October 22, 2012 | From Inquirer Wire Services
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The recent repave at Kansas Speedway cluttered Sunday's Sprint Cup championship race with a record 14 cautions - a season high in the series - but the standings looked much the same when Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in a battered Ford that he banged hard into the wall midway through the race. Kenseth still managed to drive to his second victory in three races, while Brad Keselowski dodged accident after accident to hang onto his seven-point lead over Jimmie Johnson in the standings with four races left in the Chase.
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October 22, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The fast, smooth new surface at Kansas Speedway had the potential to wreak havoc on the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The recent repave cluttered Sunday's race with a record 14 cautions - a season high in the Sprint Cup Series - and contributed to issues that affected at least four title contenders. But the standings looked much the same when Matt Kenseth took the checkered flag in a battered Ford that he banged hard into the wall midway through the race.
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